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Daily Practice for September 29, 2016

Daily Practice for September 29, 2016

Word:  The Bible study that I am leading is on race, privilege, and awareness. Last night, the only African American in the group, a woman of nearly 80 years, said, "I'm getting tired of having this discussion. What is it about black people [that makes us a target]?" She went on to describe her experiences of racism workshops in the 80's and the deep discussions they were having regarding race then in Seattle. What prompted this was that we watched "A Class Divided." I saw this for the first time a couple years ago but it was published in the mid 80's. She had seen it and used it in her curriculum. No other person at the table - all the white folks - had ever seen it. This brings up one of the most difficult parts of doing this work of education, learning, and anti-racism. Now, ther...
Daily Practice for September 23, 2016

Daily Practice for September 23, 2016

Word:  A friend of mine said on Facebook yesterday, "This Saturday I get to speak at a church about how we can help the next generation of white americans not to sit in silence or make excuses for the brutality shown to my people. I fear that this generation is lost. They offer kind words and messages of support but refuse to take any action that requires even the smallest of risk. I am rapidly losing hope in white culture's ability to care about anything besides its self." ... I'd like to bump this up against the story in the Bible of the Canaanite woman. This woman follows after Jesus in the Bible asking for healing for her daughter. She is told to go away. To shut up. Be quiet. That Jesus wasn't there to help out dogs. She counters that even dogs get to eat the crumbs under the t...

Taking Off the Mask

community, Human Condition, Spirituality
I finished the blog post I told you all about last week, and the blogger sent it back to me. I have some changes to make, and if it works out, the post will go live on Thursday. I'm still learning about this writing gig, and baring your soul for a blog audience is definitely not like sharing your soul in therapy. It's hard to spill your guts for an audience when you have no idea what they want to hear or who they are looking to find on the page. One of the things I've learned about myself is that I put my "spiritual" mask on before I sit down to blog here, and I'm trying to figure out whether that's necessary or not. I need to tell you that sometimes I doubt the Church. Sometimes I don't understand how people who go to church can make some of the decisions they make and still call themsel...